updated 1/5/2011 4:16:27 PM ET 2011-01-05T21:16:27

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y., Jan. 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:BDGE), the holding company for the Bridgehampton National Bank (the "Bank"), has announced the promotions of Kevin L. Santacroce and James J. Manseau to Executive Vice President. Mr. Santacroce is the Bank's Chief Lending Officer and Mr. Manseau is Chief Retail Banking Officer.

Kevin M. O'Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "With these promotions we recognize Kevin and Jim's outstanding achievements and contributions to our company. They have been critical to our success and will be the leaders who take us into the future. They will help us continue building our organization, and allow us to leverage opportunities in the marketplace. I look forward to continue working alongside them."

Kevin L. Santacroce

Mr. Santacroce joined the Bridgehampton National Bank in 1997 as a Commercial Loan Officer, and was promoted to Senior Banking Officer of the East Hampton/Montauk region the following year. In quick succession, he was promoted to Vice President, Credit Administration and in 2003 to Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In 2005, he was promoted to Chief Lending Officer. He graduated with distinction in 2000 from the American Bankers Association's (ABA) Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where he graduated magna cum laude in 1990. Kevin is a member of the Risk Management Association for Commercial Banks and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Timothy Hill Children's Ranch in Riverhead. Kevin resides in Southold with his wife and their four children.

James J. Manseau

For over 25 years, Mr. Manseau has been growing deposits and loans, and developing relationships in the Long Island business community. He came to Bridgehampton National Bank in 2008 with an extensive banking background, having previously worked in many roles at North Fork/Capital One, including serving as a Divisional Senior Vice President, with 10 districts and 120 branches under his supervision. He received an AS in Business Administration from SUNY Farmingdale. Active in the community, he has served as treasurer of the St. Anthony's CYO Council and president of the Tides Homeowners Association. He and his wife and two children reside in Rocky Point.

Bridgehampton National Bank

Founded in 1910, the Bridgehampton National Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridge Bancorp, Inc., is a community bank offering a full menu of banking products and services including Remote Deposit Capture, Lockbox, Online Banking and Bill Pay. With over $1 billion in assets in 2010, and with an employee team of 200, the Bank operates 19 retail branches in Suffolk County with its newest locations in Center Moriches, Deer Park, Patchogue and Shirley. The Bank also offers investment counsel through Bridge Investment Services, as well as title services, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bridge Abstract.

The Bridgehampton National Bank has a rich tradition of involvement in the local community, supporting programs and initiatives that promote local businesses, the environment, education, healthcare, social services and the arts.

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CONTACT:  Bridgehampton National Bank
          Claudia Pilato, Vice President, Director of Marketing
          (631) 537-1001, ext. 7241

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